Sunday, July 8, 2018
Photos and commentary by Jerry and Susan Jindrich
The 2018 Porsche Parade was held at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri, on the Lake of the Ozarks. We arrived around noon.
The first order of business was to find a place to park the car. Then we needed to locate a ballroom off the resort lobby, register for the Parade, check-in and move luggage to our room, and buy drink tickets.
We just followed all the other Porsches.
A sign for the parking garage looked promising. We tried Level 4.
Level 4 was for Concours Prep only, not us, but it was interesting to see. We went to Level 3.
The resort's main lobby was bustling with PCA members.
Parade Registration was in a ballroom. We began to gather the various materials and tickets we had ordered or signed up for online back in January and April.
The first stop was to ask a volunteer to find an envelope corresponding to the Entrant Number we received online. Various tickets, event wristbands, and a general checklist were inside.
Next we went from table to table to collect various things that weren't included in our envelope. The process appeared chaotic, but it worked fairly well.
Next we went back to the lobby to check in and ran into Phil and Dawn Green.
A Zone 13 welcome party was scheduled for later in the afternoon. It was to be held in a local golf course clubhouse. We waited in high 90s heat for a shuttle.
It became clear that there was a scheduling mix-up of some kind. Mitch Deep mimed desperately flagging down passing shuttles.
We did eventually reach the clubhouse where members from the various Zone 13 regions had gathered. The SIR folks settled at three tables to enjoyed snacks and drinks.
Zone Rep Jack Stephenson welcomed everyone to the gathering. Then he introduced Jeff Jackson, who presented Terry Davis with SIR's second 100,000 Mile Club of SIR/PCA award (for putting 100,000 miles on a Porsche he bought new).
Terry was pleased. It was a handsome plaque.
Soon it was time to return to Tan-Tar-A for the evening's Perelli Welcome Banquet. There was a shorter wait for the shuttle this time.
Banquet tables had been arranged on a parking lot and part of a golf course.
Early arrivals had wisely chosen tables in the few shaded areas. Organizers anticipated the heat and provided fans and endless pitchers of ice water and tea, but it was still very hot.
The paddle-shaped fans could also be used to block the fierce sun.
Multiple serving lines allowed several hundred people to fill their plates in a very short time.
Tasty BBQ pork was the main dish. Mitch paused for a selfie.
The dinner was good.
The sun was bad. We tried to ignore it.
After dinner, Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America spoke to the crowd about Porsche's long relationship with PCA and unveiled a mystery Porsche that had been hidden under a car cover during dinner.
People rose as one and lifted smartphones to take pictures.
The Mission E concept car was available for viewing. So ended Sunday.
2018 Porsche Parade Photos and commentary.
2018 Porsche Parade
From Debbie Jackson, Phil Green, and Mitch Deep:
Porsche Parade Snapshots
From Mitch Deep:
Parade Memories 2018
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